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In October 2016 we were lucky enough to receive Japanese journalist Yasuyuki Ukita at the winery.
He has written a wonderful article in Madame Figaro magazine about Lethbridge Wines, Geelong, the Great Ocean Road and the Mornington Peninsula. He has also told us of his plans to host a 'Take me to Victoria' wine tasting in 2017 where he will be showcasing Ménage a Noir among other Victorian wines.
Like Madame Figaro on Facebook for more update on this tasting and other fantastic events in and around Japan.
The results are in for the Geelong region in the Gourmet Traveller Wine Australia’s Best Cellar Door Awards. The leading wine writers in the country have visited every region to determine the star wineries, best tasting experiences and who serves the finest food in Australia’s diverse and evolving wine scene.
The Geelong Wine Region’s reputation for outstanding cool climate wines and excellent hospitality is shown across these great results.
Best Small Cellar Door – Lethbridge Wines
Ray will be in London on the 20th September as part of Wine Australia's "Artisan's of Australia" tasting. Bringing together over 20 innovative artisanal winemakers from more than 40 Australian wineries under one roof for the first time in London.
If you happen to be free you can book through (https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-artisans-of-australia-tasting-tickets-26221564405), please note that this is a Trade Only Event
Ray will also will be hosting a dinner at the wonderful independant wine merchant, Caviste. Contact the staff there to get more details, http://www.caviste.co.uk/
On a recent trip to Europe I was fortunate enough to drop in our Irish importers Corkscrew. These great guys set me up an interview with prominent Irish wine writer Tomás Clancy, I had previously read some of his reviews and like the honesty he brought to his work. His scores weren’t ridiculously high, his questions to wine makers were thoughtful and his tasting notes were above all, extremely indicative of the wines he was tasting. Too often we hear people talking about the score a wine gets, but do we read the review? Take the score away and does the tasting note reflect he wine?
I spent an hour with Tomás and we spoke about Geelong, the last 21 years of Lethbridge (my god, has it really been that long??) and where I thought our wines sat in the landscape of Australian wine. What I wanted to convey in this interview was how far the Australian wine industry had come in the last 21 years, Victoria in particular is such a diverse state, we have almost every different type of climate and soil in the planet. We can make hot, Mediterranean-style wines, and cool and cold - really properly cold- climate wines too, and we have just started to scratch the surface of some of these areas.
Corkscrew are lucky enough to be selling some of our older vintages and Thomás was very kind with his scores, hopefully won’t be long before I can get back and enjoy a few glasses with them again soon.
2013 Lethbridge Estate Chardonnay - 91 points
2010 Lethbridge Allegra Chardonnay - 95 points
2014 Lethbridge Great Western Shiraz - 91 points
2013 Lethbridge Estate Shiraz - 93 points
2014 Lethbridge Ménage a Noir pinot Noir - 91 points
2012 Lethbridge Estate pinot Noir - 94 points